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Measuring the reach of “fake news” and online disinformation in Europe

By Reuters Institute In this factsheet by Richard Fletcher, Alessio Cornia, Lucas Graves and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, we provide top-level usage statistics for the most popular sites that independent fact-checkers and other observers have identified as publishers of false news and online disinformation. We focus on two European countries: France and Italy. We examine France and Italy as two particularly important cases, as both are widely seen as facing serious

Fake: Donetsk People’s Republic Opens Offices in France

The so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) continues to open its “official representations” in European countries, with its latest office opening in France. Citing a separatist foreign affairs official the Russian site Ukraina.ru reports that a DPR representative center was registered in the Marseilles prefecture on June 17. The center is to be headed by former Provence regional adviser Gerald-Hubert Fayard, who announced in a Facebook post that the center will

French court orders journalist to retract the truth about grossly misleading Moreira film on Ukraine

By Halya Coynash, Human Rights in Ukraine Paul Moreira, the author of a French film that falsely calls a tragic fire in Odesa a ‘massacre’ and presents an equally distorted picture of Euromaidan and Russia’s annexation of Crimea, has won a defamation suit against a freelance Ukrainian journalist.  The French court’s ruling is all the more baffling as Anna Chesanovska-Jaillard, who lives and works in France, pointed to the same

Ukraine, Russia and propaganda: Macron sets his red lines at Versailles

By Aline Robert, EURACTIV.fr The presidents of France and Russia met at Versailles yesterday (29 May) in an attempt to inject some life into bilateral relations. An uncompromising Emmanuel Macron heavily criticised Russia’s propaganda outlets, Sputnik and Russia Today. EURACTIV France reports. At the tail end of an unprecedented diplomatic marathon, which included the NATO summit in Brussels and the G7 meeting in Italy, President Emmanuel Macron met Russian counterpart

Le Pen’s (Small) Online Army

How a French far-right group tried to break into Twitter’s trends By Ben Nimmo, @DFRLab France holds presidential elections on April 23. Ahead of the polls, reports are emerging of sophisticated online groups supporting some of the candidates, especially far-right leader Marine Le Pen. According to the Financial Times, Le Pen is supported by “an aggressive social media operation that is the most powerful in French politics”, putting her at

Russian official: Information war part of ‘battle for the consciousness of the masses’

By Emmanuel Grynszpan, EURACTIV.fr The new propaganda and cyber-warfare division of Russia’s ministry of defence is staffed by 1,000 people and has a budget of €300 million. Special efforts are being made to target the French presidential election. Euractiv France reports. Training to storm the Reichstag building, sending three new combat divisions to the eastern border and establishing an “army for information operations”: these are the latest activities of the

Did US ambassador to Russia really go to rally for assassinated Putin opponent?

By Alexandre Capron, The Observers A picture showing the US ambassador to Russia taking part in a protest to commemorate Boris Nemtsov, a political opponent of Putin who was assassinated in 2015, turns out to have been Photoshopped. The editorial team at French newspaper JDD were the first to call attention to the fake news item. They are one of the many partners of The Observers France 24 team on

US warns Europe on Russian election hacking

US intelligence services have warned allies that Russia might try to hack their elections, with France and Germany already under attack. “We assess Moscow will apply lessons learned from its Putin-ordered campaign aimed at the US presidential election to future influence efforts worldwide, including against US allies and their election processes,” the US services said, referring to Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The US services – the CIA, FBI, and NSA

TASS Distorts French Senate Resolution on Russia Sanctions

This week Russia’s news agency TASS reported that the French Senate adopted a resolution calling for” the gradual softening of sanctions imposed on Russia by the European Union”.  This decision was dictated by the desires of the French public who are against the EU sanctions, claims TASS. Some Russian and Ukrainian media such as Vesti and RBC even went so far as to claim that the French Senate had actually

Fake: France to Lift Russia Sanctions

On April 28 scores of Russian publications featured headlines such as “French parliament calls for lifting sanctions against Russia” (Vesti.ru), “French legislature supports lifting Russia sanctions” (RIA.ru), “French Parliament , first in the EU votes for lifting sanctions against Russia” (Izvestia), “French MPs support lifting anti-Russia sanctions” (TVZvezda.ru). Only a few mentioned the fact that the French vote was merely a recommendation and not a binding decision. The draft bill

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